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Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies

Author(s): Drew Curtis, Leslie Kelley

Edition: 1

Copyright: 2018

Pages: 190

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Does a full moon make people become looney? People are deeply fascinated with abnormal behavior and desire to understand why people do things that seem unusual. When individuals seek an understanding of abnormal behavior, they are often attempting to answer questions about others or themselves. While there is an appeal to observe abnormal behavior, people generally want to do so from a safe distance. Movies satisfy this interest to glimpse at abnormality from the safety of our home or a movie theatre, however, many movies and other media sources appear to strongly promote myths, misconceptions, and misunderstandings about abnormality.

  • Ever wonder what was going on with Willy Wonka?
  • Do forensic psychologists profile criminals like on the crime television shows?
  • Are people with psychological disorders likely to be violent or commit murder?
  • Can people really think they lose functioning in their limbs, like Ricky Bobby?
  • Have most psychologists experienced some past trauma or psychological disorder?

Foundations of Abnormality: Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies provides readers with the fundamental components needed to understand abnormal behavior and to challenge myths. The foundations are a concise version of Abnormal Psychology: Myths of “Crazy”. If you are ready to develop an understanding of abnormal behavior and reconsider the myths perpetuated within popular culture, then open up this book and dig in, to begin establishing (or deconstructing) your foundation.

Chapter One  Understanding Abnormality: A Look at “Crazy”

Chapter Two  Theory Informs Treatment

Chapter Three  Assessment and Diagnosis

Chapter Four  The Value of Research: A Good Consumer

Chapter Five  Myths, Misconceptions, and Movies

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Drew Curtis

Dr. Drew Curtis is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. He is also the President for the Southwestern Psychological association. He earned his B.S. in Psychology and M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Sam Houston State University. Dr. Curtis earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Texas Woman’s University. His clinical experience has been primarily within university counseling centers and private practice, with specific interest and training in treatment of trichotillomania and anxiety disorders. Dr. Curtis completed his pre-doctoral psychology internship at the Career and Counseling Services at the University of Houston Clear Lake in Houston, TX. Dr. Curtis has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, for twelve years, at universities and community colleges. Dr. Curtis established the Clinical Science and Deception Lab at ASU. His research has specifically focused on deception: within health care professions, in the context of therapy, pathological lying, intimate relationships, and parental relationships. Other research interests are psychomythology of psychopathology, teaching of psychology and postpartum and perinatal psychology. Dr. Curtis has received several awards for his teaching and research and made various news appearances for Fox and other local news, pertaining to his research and textbook.

Leslie Kelley

Dr. Leslie Kelley is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychology for the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX. He ardently enjoys teaching and challenging his students to think critically about complex and controversial topics, and has taught a wide variety of psychology and philosophy coursed over the past 19 years. Dr. Kelley earned his B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Texas Woman’s University. His clinical experience includes individual and group psychotherapy at a residential addiction rehabilitation center, working with students at a college counseling center, and working with clients in private practice and a community mental health center. In 2011, he received the APA Division 17 (Society of Counseling Psychology) Supervision and Training Section Award for his work on the development and evaluation of a psychotherapy training rating scale. His research interests include psychological integration and frameworks for psychological conceptualization, the intersection of cognition and emotion, and of course, myths of psychopathology.

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